Co-creating with God or the universe involves taking the steps which align with what you are praying for and how you pray. Communicating with God or a higher power in active prayer helps you tap into a greater power to receive guidance, direction or inspiration.
In the Christian sense, co-creating with God is a situation where you are able to comprehend and modify the universe to create new things, just as God creates, according to YourDictionary.com.
Similarly, the New Age or spiritual way looks at co-creating with God as communicating with God and working with God or a higher power to bring into your life what you might desire.
Whether or not you fall into broader Christian views, follow a specific Christian faith, or take a more open viewpoint, prayer that takes a collaborative approach with God allows you to receive guidance and answers to your prayers. Praying with energy and your whole spirit—your love of God and others, for example—is co-creating with God. First, it takes the beliefs of worthiness and that your prayers will be heard.
Co-creation with God can certainly be life changing in that it “changes the mindset and world-view of that person, making him or her aware of being entrusted with power, responsibility and privilege by God,” notes Gem Yecla in “Co-creation Spirituality”
Before going into prayer, it’s important to look at a couple of different types of prayer with intention and mindfulness. This article goes highlights the difference between directed prayer and non-directed prayers and how to use them to co-create with God. Both of these types of prayers have overlap with the many different kinds of prayer such as intercessory, petitionary (goal-directed prayer), and listening prayers which aren’t detailed in this article.
Goal-directed and non-goal directed prayers
In our blog “How to Pray More Effectively,” we talked about the power of non-directed prayer and how research experiments, notably those from the Spindrift organization which studies the effectiveness of the different types of prayers, show this form of prayer is more effective than goal-directed prayer. For example, in praying for seeds to sprout with non-directed prayer, pray for the seeds but not anything specific such as that they get a lot of sunlight and the right temperature for germination.
Goal-directed prayer is conditional prayer, often based on visualizing your goals with a focus on what you want. Goal-directed prayer tends to focus on a specific goal of what the petitioner (the person praying) wants, that is their will, rather than on what the best outcome or appropriate solution for the greater good might be. “With exceptions, the difference between goal-directed prayer and non goal-directed prayer is the difference between doing your own thing and receiving your best thing,” notes the Spindrift organization.
On the other hand, non goal-directed (non-directed) prayer requires keeping an open mind, without giving specific direction to God or a higher power as to a specific outcome. Pray without a goal occupying your thoughts. You could simply try to send love as a higher energy to the seeds, for example, when you pray for them.
Non-directed prayers are centered on the divine plan, often greater than you as an individual can understand at the time. Think need rather than want. When praying in a non-directed way, avoid forcing your will on the universe and turn to God’s will or the high level view. Release your own will or desire in the matter, notes Sprindrift.org.
If you are praying for a friend’s surgery, for example, in non-directed prayer, pray for that person with their highest good in mind or send them love or healing energy.
Co-creating with God in active prayer
You can use both directed and non-directed prayer to co-create with God. Everyone has human will and you as the practitioner can choose to take a directed prayer or non-directed approach. However, some of the most poignant or effective prayers, according to Spindrift.org, have come from non-directed prayers which are egoless in nature.
As suggested earlier, when you pray for something and without an ego-based goal, your prayers can support the orchestration of appropriate actions to occur. Non-directed prayers affirm the essence of the object of the prayer. Spindrift.org notes: “It’s a prayer of affirmation that affirms the divine truth of the identity about you or the truth that opens creative solutions to be found.”
The process of co-creating with God in prayer requires settling down and getting quiet. Purity of mind is important. By leaving resentments and “baggage” behind, it’s easier to receive or retrieve from the divine or God information and inspiration. Such intuitive breakthroughs can come most easily in meditation when you get quiet and are not preoccupied with the next thing you need to do in the day. These insights also come in quiet moments or even in dreams.
Co-creating with God is about taking action
The concept of co-creating with God and finding discernment through listening or other practices is closely associated with St. Ignatian spirituality which invites us to change and to come to know God through a greater knowledge of oneself. A key principle of this form of spirituality “can be seen as an attentiveness to God who is constantly working with us to co-create our lives,” notes Tim Muldoon at Ignatian Spirituality.com.
Of course we do this every day without thinking about it when we are living in the present moment and “in the light,” so to speak, not merely in survival mode. But with a greater awareness of the concept of co-creating and use of directed or non-directed prayer, we can more confidently take the next right step and create on a greater level than we may have thought possible.
By praying with faith and starting with a clear, open mind, you can co-create with God or the universe in powerful ways, encouraging a two-way conversation that more directly aligns you with spirit.
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